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03/05/2008 05:11:10 PM · #1
Originally posted by howzit:

Many thanks for the feedback and suggestions folks. I also received a couple of PM's too, and I thank you too. I am wondering if a course in Photography from NYIP or something would help. I have heard some amazing stories of success from beginners with absolutely no experience. I sent off for their brochure and information, and coupled with the advice below I'll give it some more time and reflect on the wisdom of your input. Thanks again!


Don't sell anything! Just take a break from challenges. Take a course if you wish, but if the photos you are taking are what you want, then carry on. I have fallen into this trap, trying to compete and get better for DPC and wasted loads of money hoping my new gear will bring good results. This is not the real way. Go out, take photos and enjoy your hobby.

Your family will thank you in years to come. DPC will probably not exist when they are grown up, but your family will. So get out there and have fun:))

Message edited by author 2008-03-05 17:12:16.
03/05/2008 05:00:09 PM · #2
I would start by listing your items on craigslist in your area or classifieds in your area. I think you will get the most for them that way.

If you put them on ebay I wouldn't expect more than 50-60% of what you paid... if that. Reason being is that lenses that are not the top of the line do not hold resell value. Ive sold enough Sigma stuff to know. If you had all L lenses, I would say you would get about 85-90%. Ive seen and done that too. Just this week I was looking for a 100-400 f4.5-5.6L.. retails for $1300 ebay auction for used one ended at $1150. Crazy.

try local first before you open it up to a worldwide or at least nationwide market place.

Good luck, too bad you don't have anything I need right now...

JM
03/05/2008 02:15:59 PM · #3
I would just sell the lenses and get an all purpose walk around lens. I would pass on the NYIP thing because everything you pay to learn you can get for free on the internet. I met a local photographer at the Thunderbird Art Festival who has had hundreds of photos published in Arizona Highways and does a few workshops for them. I was asking him for advice and like rex mentioned, he said to find a mentor or help assist a professional photographer. I was thinking about signing up for a day workshop. Here is a link if you want to check out the workshops they offer.

workshops
03/05/2008 01:52:00 PM · #4
Originally posted by howzit:

Many thanks for the feedback and suggestions folks. I also received a couple of PM's too, and I thank you too. I am wondering if a course in Photography from NYIP or something would help. I have heard some amazing stories of success from beginners with absolutely no experience. I sent off for their brochure and information, and coupled with the advice below I'll give it some more time and reflect on the wisdom of your input. Thanks again!


Yeah.... We all feel that way sometimes :) I thought about the NYIP a few times and it sounds like they have updated the material & delivery, so that would make them more viable... Still I am looking for something locally cause to me that would be better... with real people & fellow students....
03/05/2008 01:28:51 PM · #5
I am sure the schooling wil help you but I think a mentor "friend" that is into photography as well will help you just as much. You need someone that will give you honest feedback and someone that is not afriad to tell you something sux.
03/05/2008 01:20:50 PM · #6
Many thanks for the feedback and suggestions folks. I also received a couple of PM's too, and I thank you too. I am wondering if a course in Photography from NYIP or something would help. I have heard some amazing stories of success from beginners with absolutely no experience. I sent off for their brochure and information, and coupled with the advice below I'll give it some more time and reflect on the wisdom of your input. Thanks again!
03/05/2008 09:38:39 AM · #7
Originally posted by hughletheren:

you will regret selling all this gear one day - just my opinion. You have taken some very worthwhile photos - don't be put off by your perceived low scores - there are a load of very competent photographers here, including a lot of professionals and amateurs who do little else but take photos, so the competition is of a very high standard. There are lots of people like us too, who are learning all the time and getting better at it too, sometimes!


Ditto. My opinion would be to sell the lenses and get the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 as a walk around and just go shoot. I was at one time disappointed with my scores here as well and almost sold everything. Now I realize I enjoy it more if I just shoot something I WANT to shoot, not for score but for me I am more pleased with it in the end.
03/05/2008 09:17:32 AM · #8
If you are an eBay member you can search sold listings to get an idea of what each item would sell for.
I may be off a bit, but here's my guesstimate

30D - $800ish. I've seen new ones for under $1000.
50 1.8 Mk1. The Mk1 is more valuable than the Mk2, so $100-120 maybe.
The 35-80...must be an old film era lens? No doubt a kit lens. Under $100.
teh 100-300 isn't all that great a lens either, so around $200 ish.
03/05/2008 04:26:41 AM · #9
By all means buy a point and shoot but you will regret selling all this gear one day - just my opinion. You have taken some very worthwhile photos - don't be put off by your perceived low scores - there are a load of very competent photographers here, including a lot of professionals and amateurs who do little else but take photos, so the competition is of a very high standard. There are lots of people like us too, who are learning all the time and getting better at it too, sometimes!
You can learn with a point and shoot but you will eventually hanker after that narrow DoF shot that you can't achieve with a point and shoot or the long shot on safari or the very wide angle lanscape and so it goes on. . . .
You should be able to get between 50% and 80% of what you paid for your gear, depending on who is buying at the time. I have sold on e-bay each time I have upgraded and have sold in the UK for nearly what I paid in the US!
Good Luck,
Hugh Letheren
03/05/2008 03:32:19 AM · #10
I have been a member here since Oct 2005 and am continually amazed by the tremendous skill set displayed by so many. I joined with great anticipation and actually convinced my wife I needed the best equipment available - as the camera and lens make the difference. LOL

As my profile indicates, I have some very nice equipment. However, I have not seemed to have gained the creativity and 'vision' that so many here have. I am not about to leave as I enjoy the sense of community and the challenges too. However, I have decided two things:

(1) I am going to enter challenges from now on for the fun of participating and getting out with my wife and kids who enjoy the time outside with me as well.

(2) I am going to sell my equipment as it is just way too much for me. As much as I have read over the manuals, researched threads and discussions here, and practiced so many different shots, I just don't understand all the intricacies of advanced digital photography and as much as I try, I have faired so much better with my daughter's point and shoot. So I plan to sell the equipment and buy a really nice point and shoot - money shouldn't be an option with the sale of this equipment.

I have a question related to selling my stuff though. I don't want to get ripped off and I don't expect to make what I spent - but I would really like to find out how much I could expect to make. Except for the 50mm, the camera and large lens have the original box they came with, but are two years and one year old respectively. I have taken great care of them, so they look new - but obviously they are not.

I would really appreciate some advice and feedback on these things. This is not an impulsive decision, but rather one I have been considering for a long time.

Equipment:

Canon EOS-30D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 I
Canon EF 35-80mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

PS: I was going to post this in the 'Buy/Sell' forum, but at this point I am just looking for advice as the best way to go about selling. It may end up being moved to that forum :)
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